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Killing TraditionInside Hunting and Animal Rights Controversies$
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Simon J. Bronner

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125282

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125282.001.0001

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The Pigeon Shoot Controversy

The Pigeon Shoot Controversy

(p.98) (p.99) Chapter 2 The Pigeon Shoot Controversy
Killing Tradition

J. Bronner Simon

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter discusses the totemistic images of blood and tradition of the public pigeon shoot at Hegins, Pennsylvania. It notes the chronicles of the animal rights movement that often mention the protest against public pigeon shooting, which garnered international media notoriety. The chapter aims to explain the high stakes in the contested tradition by analyzing how the protests rhetorically serve to present tradition as a “problem” in the ethical modernization of society. It notes that the battle in Hegins became a staged moral drama based on a clash of rural cosmopolitan values in modern America that derives from fundamentally different views of human dominion over the land and its creatures.

Keywords:   totesmic images, pigeon shoot, Hegins, Pennsylvania, animal rights, tradition, human dominion

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